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Got Dandruff? 10 Things About Dandruff EVERY Stylist Needs to Know

by Lauren Salapatek | November 6, 2014

It’s easy to spot – the white, oily looking flakes of dead skin that dot your clients hair and shoulders and contribute to an itchy scalp. It’s a common scalp condition that plagues teens, adults and worsens during the fall and winter, which is right around the corner.

It’s an embarrassing look – but the good news is that dandruff usually can be controlled. According to Mayo Clinic, “Mild cases of dandruff may need nothing more than daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser.  More stubborn cases on dandruff often respond to medicated shampoos.” If your clients are still scratching their head after several weeks of over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, or if their scalp becomes red or swollen, recommend that they see a doctor or dermatologist.

Professional hair care company, AG Hair, has unveiled its newly enhanced anti-dandruff Control Shampoo – a product that eliminates dandruff, promotes scalp health and adds moisture, strength and elasticity to the hair. In fact, Control is formulated with the maximum active ingredient allowable without a prescription.

By using zinc pyrithione instead of tar (commonly used in other anti-dandruff shampoos, says AG Hair), Control provides gentle and effective treatment with a rich, foamy lather and a fresh, sophisticated scent. Control also contains calming ingredients like aloe vera, cucumber extract, coconut, and Vitamin E that work together to soothe and heal dry, itchy scalp.

With dandruff affecting such a large amount of people, AG Hair and MODERN gathered together these need-to-know tips about dandruff:

#1: 1 in 3 people suffer from dandruff, more commonly in men.

#2: Why men? Men have larger oil producing glands on their scalp and testosterone increases sebum (oil) production.

#3: Dry skin does not cause dandruff. Dandruff is caused by yeast that feeds on excess sebum (oil) which increases the rate of natural skin shedding.

#4. Dandruff affects people of all ages.

#5. A type of dandruff can affect babies – it’s commonly called cradle cap. This can cause a scaly, crusty scalp and can occur anytime during infancy. According to Mayo Clinic, “Although it’s alarming for parents, cradle cap isn’t dangerous and usually clears up on its own by the time a baby is 3-years-old.”

#6. UV rays counteract the effects of dandruff-causing yeast-making it more prominent in winter and early spring.

#7. Leaving anti-dandruff treatment shampoo on for at least 3 minutes is proven to be most effective.

#8. Dandruff is NOT contagious.

#9 According to Mayo Clinic, “for reasons that aren’t clear, adults with neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, are more likely to develop seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. So are people with HIV infection and those recovering from stressful conditions, particularly heart attack and stroke, and those with compromised immune systems.

#10. A poor diet can contribute to dandruff. If your diet lacks foods high in zinc, B vitamins or certain types of fats, you may be more likely to develop dandruff.

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